Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Careful, he gets you really hooked!

“I like to teach about all aspects of fishing and about the natural world in which fishing happens. I enjoy helping people along in their life’s journeys and fly-fishing can be part of that journey. It doesn’t matter if the client is a beginner or expert fisherman, there is always something new to impart.”

“Fishing is not an escape from life,

but often a deeper immersion into it.”

~Harry Middleton

As the fifth of seven children, Ed Northen’s childhood was spent somewhat unattended; exploring the open spaces of his native Orange County and fishing in whatever water he could find. His first fishing memory is of a day spent in a rowboat on a lake, angling for trout. Stubby rods, level wind reels and worms were the order of the day. Ed and a friend arrived at the lake before dawn and rowed out into the dark waters with only a flashlight to guide them. “The adventure, beauty and silence is what drew me to fishing,” he said. In 2003, he moved to Hailey to embrace what locals simply refer to as “lifestyle.”

A rock climber, hiker and explorer, as well as obsessive fisherman, the Wood River Valley gives him access to all of the above. Ed’s favorite guide trip was an outing with two boys, aged 12 and 13, about the same age he was on the above mentioned trip to a lake. These brothers were interested in everything. “We looked at bugs, saw a moose, explored the river. They had great imaginations and took a break from fishing to just explore and play.” However, with Ed, they did catch their first fish on a fly rod.

Guiding Style


Fun Facts about Ed

    • A member of the Orange County Fire Department for 34 years, he retired in 2006 as a Fire Captain Paramedic.
    • He enjoys writing poetry.
    • The perfect end to a day of fishing is friends for dinner, a piping hot bowl of pasta and good wine accompanied by jazz or classical music.
    • Ed volunteers for the Courtesy Ski Patrol, he is the past president of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited but actively still serves on the board.  Also,  works with the Wood River Land Trust, Nature Conservancy and Hunger Coalition and is also active in his church.
    • He has climbed the big walls of Yosemite and peaks as high as 21,500 feet in Ecuador.
What folks say about fishing with Ed

Ed and Terry could not be nicer Super pros

Paul Fleming

Ed was awesome. This was my first time and Ed was a great guide/teacher. This was my first time Fly Fishing and it has been on my bucket list for many years. I really didn’t know what to expect. When Ed introduce himself and we started talking I know this was going to be a great experience. He was so patient with me. He took the time to make sure I understood what he was teaching me. I learned so much, but I realize there is so much more to learn about this great sport.

David Robins

I landed 40 Rainbow ranging from 12-16”, great day.

Tim Unger

Ed took the time to teach us the basics. He is very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. We will definitely ask for him when we come back to Sun Valley!!

Mary Burke